Dalí’s remains finally re-buried after paternity test

The remains of Salvador Dalí, exhumed last summer to test a psychic's claims she was his daughter, were finally re-buried in his museum in northeastern Spain, the foundation that manages his estate said on Friday.

Dalí's remains finally re-buried after paternity test
Dali's remains were exhumed last summer. Photo: LLUIS GENE / AFP
The remains were put back in the tomb of the surrealist artist at the Dali Theatre-Museum in Figueras overnight Thursday to Friday in the presence of a solicitor and forensic pathologist, the foundation said.
A court had ordered Dalí's exhumation to settle a paternity suit lodged by Pilar Abel. Abel, who long worked as a psychic in Catalonia, claimed to be the daughter of the artist known as much for his paintings as his trademark moustache, which — because the corpse was embalmed — the exhumation revealed remained in its “ten past ten” position.
But DNA samples from Dalí's skin, nail and bones proved she was not his biological daughter, and she was ordered to pay for the costs of the exhumation.
Abel had claimed her mother had a relationship with the artist when she worked in Cadaques, a picturesque Spanish port where the painter lived for years.
Born on May 11, 1904, Dalí was one of the most famous artists from the 20th century surrealist period. He had been married to his muse Gala from 1934 to her death in 1982.
They had no children and after his death in 1989, aged 84, he left his estate to the Spanish state.


Picasso’s hidden mistress sells for record £50 million

A Picasso artwork has sold for nearly £50 million - the highest auction price for any painting ever sold in Europe in pounds.

Picasso's hidden mistress sells for record £50 million
Photo: AFP

The 1937 “Femme au Beret et a la Robe Quadrillee (Marie-Therese Walter)” sold for £49.8 (€55.87 million) at a sale of Impressionist, Surrealist and Modern Art at prestigious London auction house Sotheby's on Wednesday night.   

“It's an incredibly important museum quality picture,” explained James Mackie, director of the Impressionist and Modern Art department at Sotheby's ahead of the sale.

“It comes from a key era in Picasso's career, 1937, when he makes the great painting 'Guernica',” he added, referring to the masterpiece which portrayed the horrors of the Nazi bombardment of a Basque city during the Spanish civil war.

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The painting also has a strong autobiographical appeal, said Mackie.   

The main subject of the piece, Marie-Therese Walter, was the Spanish painter's “long time lover and muse”.   

But the looming figure of Dora Maar, whom he met in 1936, emerges in the shadows behind Marie-Therese, explained Mackie.       

Two Salvador Dali paintings were also up for sale and went for double the estimate price.

Salvador Dali's, Maison pour Erotomane. Photo: Sotheby's

The two small oil works, “Gradiva” (1931) and “Maison pour Erotomane” (circa 1932), have been in a private collection in Argentina, having been bought directly from the artist by an Argentinean countess.

“They are a rediscovery, which is incredibly exciting,” Mackie said of the two works.

Gradiva sold for £2.7million while “Maison pour Erotomane” went for £3.5 million, both to the same buyer.

READ MORE: Two rediscovered Dali paintings up for sale for the first time


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